Children in Kabul play with plastic toy guns. Civilian casualties in the Afghan war rose 23 per cent in the first half of this year due to Taliban attacks and increased fighting between insurgents and government forces, the UN said last month
An Afghan man prays to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, at the Shah-e Do Shamshira mosque in Kabul on Thursday
An Afghan woman waits to receive aid at the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries during the month of Ramadan in Kabul
Afghan vendors unload watermelons from a truck at a fruit market in Kabul on Wednesday during the holy month of Ramadan. Throughout the month, devout Muslims must abstain from food and drink from dawn until sunset when they break the fast with the Iftar meal.
Boys read the Koran in a madrasa, or religious school, during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in Kabul on Monday
An Afghan policeman on Tuesday talks to a civilian standing behind a door near the site of a suicide attack in Kabul. Taliban insurgents including a suicide bomber in a truck killed six people in the attack on a foreign logistics and supply company in the city.
Pigeons are startled outside Shah-Do Shamshira mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan on Monday.
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An Afghan security force stands guard as an ambulance arrives near the entrance gate of the presidential palace in Kabul on Tuesday after Taliban militants targeted the palace and the CIA office.
After recently returning from Pakistan, Afghan refugees wait during the registration process at a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees center near Kabul, Afghanistan, as they prepare to go back to their province after fleeing civil war and Taliban rule. World Refugee Day, initiated by the United Nations to raise awareness on the plight of refugees worldwide, is observed on June 20 every year.
An Afghan family travels in the boot of a car on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday
Afghan girls working at a brick manufacturer with buckets of stones on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Tuesday.
Afghan security forces stand guard at the site of a suicide attack near the Kabul military airport on Monday. All seven militants who launched the attack died in the assault, Afghan police said, adding that no civilian and security force casualties had been reported. ‘There were seven assailants – two [suicide bombers] died detonating themselves and five others were killed in fighting,’ Mohammad Ayoub Salangi, chief of Kabul police, told reporters.
An Afghan amputee practices walking with her prosthetic leg at one of the International Committee of the Red Cross hospitals for war victims and the disabled in Kabul.
Smoke rises from the International Red Cross building after a two-hour gun battle between security forces and an insurgent at a guest house in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday. A senior Afghan official said security forces rescued seven foreigners working for the charity
Afghan police take cover following an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Friday. A suicide bomber struck in the heart of the Afghan capital sending smoke billowing over Kabul and setting up a gun battle in the second major attack in the city in little more than a week, police said
A photographer takes pictures as newly graduated Afghan National Army soldiers attend their graduation ceremony at the Kabul Military Training Centre in Afghanistan on Thursday.
Afghan children fetch water from a river on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. With many households still without running water, Afghans get their daily water from streams and rivers.
Afghan boys play with their kite on a hill overlooking Kabul, Afghanistan. Kite flying was banned during the Taliban regime, but it is now once again the main recreational escape for Afghan boys.
Afghan farmers collect raw opium as they work in a poppy field in Khogyani district of Jalalabad, east of Kabul in Afghanistan. Opium poppy cultivation has been increasing for a third year in a row and is heading for a record high, the UN said in a report. Poppy cultivation is also increasing in areas of the southern Taliban heartland, the report showed, especially in regions where thousands of US-led coalition troops have been withdrawn or are in the process of departing. The report indicates that whatever international efforts have been made to wean local farmers off the crop have failed.